Plymouth State University and White Mountain National Forest Begin Partnership

April 15th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and Plymouth State University are embarking on a new partnership to bolster educational opportunities for students and access to PSU resources for forest research. The WMNF and Plymouth State University have signed a memorandum documenting their collaboration in education, data collection, and programs in the areas like environmental science, social science, historical and cultural programs and operations within the 800,000 acre region in New Hampshire and Maine.

Tom Wagner and Sara Jayne Steen sign agreement
Left to right, Tom Wagner, Forest Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest, signs partnership agreement with Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth State University President in April 14 ceremony at PSU. The agreement details ongoing collaboration in areas like environmental science, social science, historical and cultural programs and operations within the 800,000 acre region in New Hampshire and Maine.

“The two organizations have so much to work on together,” said Tom Wagner, WMNF Forest Supervisor. “This is a good use of taxpayer dollars for these two institutions, because we can accomplish a lot together. We feel it’s an outstanding opportunity.”

Plymouth State University Executive Director of University Relations Steve Barba said PSU and WMNF have a history of working together, partnering to match Forest Service needs with educational experiences for PSU students and staff.

“This is a wonderful example of focused partnership,” said Barba. “We look forward to working together with the Forest Service in helping them achieve their goals of environmental conservation and recreation, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about New Hampshire’s natural science, tourism and cultural heritage.”

From PSU’s perspective, the new agreement offers ongoing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education and professional development; and extends to communities, partnership opportunities for cultural enrichment and economic development. In each of these roles, PSU has a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

The White Mountain National Forest has a variety of data collection, monitoring, evaluation and operational needs that PSU can collaborate on. In turn, these projects provide PSU faculty and students a place for applied environmental studies, education and outreach.

PSU and its Center for the Environment, Center for Rural Partnerships, Center for Healthy Living and Active Communities, Museum of the White Mountains, Institute for New Hampshire Studies, White Mountains Institute, Global Education Office, academic departments, and other campus services allow WMNF to access a valued group of resources and knowledge.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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